Field Trips

Two interactive, engaging and educational guided field trips for k-12 students and youth groups on the history and importance of water.

Immerse Your Students in the History of WATER

Your students will enjoy discovering how water has changed the area over millions of years. They will play games, handle artifacts and explore activities such as digging a tunnel and building a dam, plus lots more!

Emily Hornbeck making a tunnel

Choose from TWO Field Trips:

  1. Tunnels, Toil & Trouble: Upstate Water and NYC (Best for students grades 4 through 12)
    • Explore our interactive exhibit on New York City’s Water Supply System.
    • See water contaminants under a microscope, make water dirty and clean it up.
    • Learn about watersheds and the importance of clean water.
    • Experience the losses of those who had their lands taken to build the water system.
    • Visit a 1930s Lost Catskill Farm
  2. Water Through History (Best for students grades k through 6)
    • Become a Junior Paleontologist and identify fossils of animals that lived here millions of years ago.
    • Discover the power of waterwheels for early industries, such as gristmills and sawmills.
    • Handle Native and Early American artifacts to discover how they used and transported water.
    • Learn about the importance of clean water, and how water can both create and destroy.
    • Visit a working water wheel on a 1930s Lost Catskill Farm

Knowledgeable museum educators guide all activities. The program content can be tailored to the interests of a class. All preparatory and follow up materials are included.  A lunch area is available—please call for more information.

Program Information

Length: Approximately 2+ hours
Minimum number of students: 15
Maximum: 100

Available Tuesday through Friday, all year round.


$5 per student
$4 for Sullivan County Schools!
Teachers and Chaperones – FREE
(1 chaperone needed for every 5-10 students)

Free admission for Title I schools in Sullivan County.

Program Material

Tunnels Toil and Trouble

Water Through History

All program materials require Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the Acrobat Reader, you can download a copy—free of charge—HERE.

For More Information: Call 845-985-7700 or e-mail the Museum today to make your reservation!

These field trips are made possible in part by the Catskill Watershed Corporation, in partnership with the NYC DEP.

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